Friday January 5, 2018
Tennessee: Sources tell FootballScoop Florida director of player personnel Drew Hughes has accepted the same position at Tennessee. Well before his time at Florida, Hughes worked at Alabama as a recruiting specialist when Jeremy Pruitt was serving as director of player development.
LSU: Per Ross Dellenger, Matt Canada accepted $1.7 million payment to leave LSU’s staff. Canada was owed $3.3 million. With the agreement Canada is no longer part of the staff. Per Dellenger, “Canada’s willingness to settle is evidence of a bitter situation on both sides and is a sign that the school was reluctant to pay the full buyout.” LSU has confirmed the separation with Ed O noting, “We will identify a coach with a wealth of experience who is totally committed to the vision of the program and has the drive to do whatever it takes to see it through.” O added, “We want to put our players in the best position to succeed which means improving our vertical passing game and developing our quarterbacks and wide receivers to be at their absolute best.”
Tennessee: Texans strength & conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald has resigned to accept the head strength coach position at Tennessee.
Bill Belichick: In a story that will either make or break him, Gary Myers of the New York Post writes: Bill Belichick “sees an opening” to coach the Giants and might take it amid Patriots drama: source.
Missouri: Derek Dooley’s contract is three years, $2.7 million tweets Gabe DeArmond.
Oregon: New outside linebackers coach Donte Williams will make $225,000 in year one and $350,000 in year two per Andrew Greif. Presumably Nebraska’s contract is helping in year one.
Missouri: Dallas Cowboys receivers coach Derek Dooley will be the new offensive coordinator at Missouri! The former Tennessee and Louisiana Tech head coach has never served as a offensive coordinator. At Missouri Dooley will also coach the quarterbacks…which to our knowledge he has never done before either. Oh boy… let’s do this! Prior to his two head coaching opportunities Dooley coached tight ends for Saban with the Dolphins, running backs, tight ends and special teams at LSU and receivers at SMU back in the late 90s.
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UConn: “Senior quality control director of football research and special projects” Chris White has been promoted to special teams coordinator (far shorter on business cards). White previously served as special teams coordinator at Iowa for four seasons before joining Randy Edsall’s staff at UConn.
NDSU vs JMU has potential to be epic. Don’t miss this one tomorrow!
Walsh (D-II – OH): Head coach Dan Pifer has resigned. In his one season as head coach Walsh was 4-7. The University announced they will conduct a “focused search” for their new head coach.
Marshall: Source tells FootballScoop assistant head coach / linebackers Adam Fuller is expected to be promoted to defensive coordinator.
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Georgia Southern: Gardner Webb defensive coordinator Travis Cunningham is joining the GSU staff as linebackers coach sources tells FootballScoop. Cunningham has spent the past 15+ seasons at Gardner Webb.
Florida State: Oregon defensive analyst Alonzo Hampton will join Willie Taggart’s staff as defensive backs / special teams reports Wayne McGahee.
Florida: Source tells FootballScoop Mississippi State safeties coach (under Dan Mullen) Ron English remains a good candidate to join Mullen’s staff at Florida.
Mississippi State: Defensive backs coach Terrell Buckley and defensive line coach Brian Baker have been retained by Joe Moorhead.
Duke: The Blue Devils have announced Kirk Benedict has been promoted from a GA spot to special teams coordinator and a defensive assistant, and Gerad Parker has been promoted from a football operations assistant to wide receivers coach. Jim Knowles and Derek Jones have also added assistant head coach titles. Jim Bridge will move from special teams coordinator to offensive line coach, and Jeffrey Faris will transition from wide receivers coach to tight ends coach and offensive recruiting coordinator. Safeties coach Matt Guerrieri has added a defensive recruiting coordinator title.
Tennessee: Yesterday we reported that Phil Fulmer had interviewed a number of candidates, and 247 noted today that two guys that have met with Fulmer about the wide receivers job are former Florida State co-offensive coordinator Lawrence Dawsey and Joe Osovet, the head coach at ASA Brooklyn (JC – NY). We can confirm that both guys have interviewed.
Green Bay Packers: The Packers are seeking to interview Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin for their defensive coordinator job and will also interview an internal candidate in secondary coach Darren Perry, per Ian Rapoport.
Baltimore Ravens: Tight ends coach Greg Roman has been promoted to associate head coach, and the Ravens are also hiring Bengals wide receivers coach James Urban as their quarterbacks coach, per multiple reports.
Allen University (SC): The football program is coming back after a decade absence, and Teddy Keaton has been tabbed to lead the program. Keaton previously coached the running backs at Miles College (D-II), and has been the head coach at Stillman as well where his teams won 27 games in 5 seasons.
ESPN’s Coaches Film Room: The Coaches Film Room for the national championship game will feature Pat Fitzgerald, Kevin Sumlin, Mike Bobo, and additional coaches being added throughout the week, according to ESPN’s release.
Coastal Carolina: After spending over five-months away from the team to focus on his health, the school has announced that head coach Joe Moglia is returning to his job leading the Coastal Carolina football program.
Bemidji State (D-II – MN): Bemidji State University is seeking a running backs coach. Previous playing or coaching experience with the running back position is preferred. This is a restricted earnings role, compensated with a $10,000 salary and camp earnings. Minorities are encouraged to apply. All interested applicants please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].
Oakland Raiders: Ian Rapoport notes that Gruden’s staff will be the most expensive in NFL history and that coordinators will be getting 4-year deals to ensure that they get two years in Oakland and two years in Vegas.
Clemson: Defensive analyst Lemanski Hall has been promoted to defensive ends coach. Hall will occupy the 10th assistant spot for Clemson.
Michigan: In a move that has been rumored for a few weeks now, Bruce Feldman tweets that Michigan is adding former Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos to staff.
Robert Morris (NAIA – IL): Robert Morris University Illinois is looking for a 2018 game on either 8/25 or 9/29. Interested programs can contact Erik Osborne at [email protected].
New York Giants: The Giants have interviewed Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and also plan to speak with Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, according to Adam Schefter.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils have formally announced former San Diego State assistant Tony White as defensive passing game coordinator and cornerbacks coach.
Hawaii: Former Oregon State and Nebraska assistant Mark Banker will join the staff as assistant head coach, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. We understand he will coach linebackers.
Oakland Raiders: Per multiple reports, Jon Gruden will be formally introduced as head coach on Tuesday. This will be fascinating.
Denver Broncos: Sean Kugler will coach the guards & centers tweets Mike Klis.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens are not only keeping Greg Roman; but signing him to a new deal and adding assistant head coach title reports Alex Marvez.
Gettysburg (D-III – PA): Gettysburg College, in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, invites applications for the full-time position of assistant football coach / coordinator (offense or defense). Gettysburg is an undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college, which enrolls approximately 2,600 primarily residential students. The College is seeking a dynamic and innovative individual who has a strong administrative, collaborative and student-focused background to serve in this position. For a complete job posting and to apply, please submit your cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references through our online system (via this link) by Friday, January 26, 2018.
Green Bay Packers: The Vikings have declined a request by Green Bay to interview assistant GM George Paton for the Packers’ GM job, per Adam Schefter.
Texas: Texas is in talks with defensive coordinator Todd Orlando to make him among the five highest-paid defensive coordinators in the country, tweets Pete Thamel.
Kent State: The Flashes have formally announced Andrew Sowder as offensive coordinator and Tom Kaufman as defensive coordinator and associate head coach. Sowder was San Jose State’s offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, and Kaufman was Chattanooga’s defensive coordinator, but prior to that worked alongside head coach Sean Lewis at Syracuse, Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois.
Redlands (D-III – CA): Pete Smolin, who helped start the Citrus Valley HS (CA) program from scratch before leading them to five playoff appearances in eight seasons, has been named running backs coach.
New Mexico: Source tells FootballScoop San Diego State quarterbacks coach Blane Morgan is a candidate for offensive coordinator at New Mexico. Prior to joining the SDSU staff for the 2015 season, Morgan a former Air Force quarterback himself served as quarterbacks / offensive coordinator at Air Force for a lengthy run.
Florida State: Pete Thamel tweets that Harlon Barnett’s deal for three-years and worth almost $1 million annually.
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South Carolina: Sources tell FootballScoop Alabama offensive analyst Dan Werner will be new quarterbacks coach for Will Muschamp & Bryan McClendon at South Carolina. The long-time Ole Miss assistant and former OC at Miami spent just this one season at Alabama.
UTSA: Frank Wilson has promoted Giovanni Vizza from quality control to full-time assistant.
South Carolina: As we reported earlier this week, Bryan McClendon is staying with Will Muschamp…and will have the offensive coordinator title going forward. Gamecock Central reports the promotion will be made official this morning. B-Mac was selected by former winners as the 2014 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year.
Oakland Raiders: The NFL has confirmed the Raiders have satisfied Rooney Rule requirements. Multiple folks have reported the Raiders interviewed at least two minority candidates within the past week.
Florida State: Bruce Feldman tweets that Michigan State defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett will become the new defensive coordinator on Willie Taggart’s staff.
Rutgers: Sources told FootballScoop this morning Toledo OC Brian Wright is not a candidate for the same position at Rutgers.
Florida A&M: Per source, Arkansas-Monticello (D-II) corners coach Kenneth Gilstrap has been hired to coach the corners and Florida defensive quality control coach Ryan Smith has been hired to coach the linebackers and serve as recruiting coordinator.
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Trinity International (NAIA – IL): Trinity International University has an immediate opening for 4 Restricted Earnings Positions 2 on offense(positions TBD) and 2 on Defense (Positions TBD) Applicants must have a strong Christian faith and work within Trinity International University’s Christian mission. The position will have their own recruiting area and will be responsible for coaching and managing their own position, including position meetings. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to film breakdown and data entry, assisting with special teams, recruiting, running positional meetings, assisting with game preparation, and other duties assigned by the head coach. The positions will include a stipend and possibly housing and meals. Please send a cover letter, resume,, Statement of Faith and references to Head Football Coach, Lamont Butler at [email protected]. Subject line of the email should read TIU RESTRICTED EARNINGS POSITION. Review of applicants will begin immediately and interviews will take place at the AFCA Convention.
Chaffey College (JC – CA): Chaffey College has an offensive position available looking to begin immediately. The position coach either WR, QB, or Offensive Line. We are looking for the best candidate. The position’s salary will be close to 10,000 with possible opportunity to teach classes for the candidate with Masters in Kinesiology or Physical Education. Responsibilities include coaching your position, running position meetings, assisting with special teams, assisting with weekly game planning, film breakdown and data entry (HUDL), recruiting assigned area, and other duties assigned by the head coach and coordinators. The ideal candidate would have a minimum 1 year coaching experience or collegiate playing experience. Position start date is as soon as possible. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Please send cover letter, resume, and professional references to head coach Rob Hadaway at [email protected]. No phone calls please.
Trinity International (NAIA – IL): Trinity International University has an immediate opening for 2 Graduate Assistant Positions Applicants must have a strong Christian faith and work within Trinity International University’s Christian mission. The position will have their own recruiting area and will be responsible for coaching and managing their own position, including position meetings. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to film breakdown and data entry, assisting with special teams, recruiting, running positional meetings, assisting with game preparation, and other duties assigned by the head coach. The positions include 50% Tuition Please send a cover letter, resume,, Statement of Faith and references to Head Football Coach, Lamont Butler at [email protected]. Subject line of the email should read TIU GRADUATE ASSISTANT POSITION. Review of applicants will begin immediately and interviews will take place at the AFCA Convention.
Bacone College (NAIA – OK): Bacon College is seeking an opponent for Sept 15th. Looking for a guarantee game, prefer a FCS or D2 opponent. Interested programs can contact Head Football Coach Lawrence Livingston at [email protected] or 302-359-0389
Head coaching changes: 2017-18 NFL & college head coaching changes